Delaware’s Ministry of Caring: Improving the Lives of Delaware’s Poor and Homeless
From the Emmanuel Dining Room to the organization’s numerous integrated programs, the Ministry of Caring seeks to improve the lives of the state’s underserved communities.
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Loving Care for the Most Vulnerable
A year and a half ago, Kim Ali came to the Ministry’s Mary Mother of Hope House II, an emergency shelter, after she lost her residence. “I came into the shelter with nothing but the clothes on my back,” she says. In order to get back on her feet, attend school and get a job, she needed child care for her then 6-month-old daughter, Khianna.
That’s when the ministry referred her to its Child Care Center, where Khianna has been cared for ever since. “I love the day care center and the people in it. The teachers are wonderful,” Ali says. With the Child Care Center’s sliding fee scale and a subsidy from the state, Ali pays $63.50 a week for Khianna’s care. The security of safe, affordable child care that provides true learning experiences enables Ali to work full time for the state of Delaware as a social worker.
“Our goal is to nurture every child, to make them feel loved and respected,” says Paulette Annane, program director for the ministry’s three child care centers, which care for 153 children from infants to 4-year-olds. “Our centers are bright, clean havens for children who might live in shelters or in unsafe neighborhoods. We provide age-appropriate education, three hot meals a day and loving care,” she adds.